Patriot Eats a Sandwich . . . For Freedom

Matt Bors considers an alternate history:


via David Axe

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Comments

  1. JKB says:

    Well, the silent roar that happened last week was more akin to the resistance to the Stamp Act and the Townsend Acts in the late 1760s than the events of 1776 or even 1773. Should these politicians who would be king try to send their troops against the People, I doubt a sandwich will be the weapon of choice for the freedom fiighters. But then politicians sometimes need the message spelled out for them.

    Although, that does give thought to another protest. Vote in November with a Chick-fil-A sandwich in one hand and a 32 oz soft drink in the other. A truly modern American defiance of the elite and their growing abuse of power.

  2. Alex Knapp says:

    So, um, he’s saying that the populace should take up arms to keep gays from getting married?

  3. al-Ameda says:

    Patriot #1: Our freedom is threatened!
    Patriot #2: What should we do?
    Patriot #1: Eat all of our meals at Chick-Fil-A.
    Patriot #2: Brilliant! I’ve always wanted to be obese and have blood pressure and cholesterol problems.
    Patriot #1: That’s the price of freedom, brother.
    :

  4. James Joyner says:

    @Alex Knapp: I think he’s just commenting on the silliness of these sort of symbolic demonstrations. Or maybe it’s just me. At any rate, I think that demonstrating solidarity with a cause by eating a sandwich, wearing a lapel pin, or putting a sticker on your car is fine; but don’t think that you’re really doing anything.

  5. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @James Joyner:

    At any rate, I think that demonstrating solidarity with a cause by eating a sandwich, wearing a lapel pin, or putting a sticker on your car is fine; but don’t think that you’re really doing anything.

    Sure you are, you’re padding the profits of a corporation… Speaking of which, I wonder how much stock Huckabee has in Chick-fil-a?

  6. @OzarkHillbilly:

    Speaking of which, I wonder how much stock Huckabee has in Chick-fil-a?

    Zero. Part of the reason people are willing to hold Cathy’s words against the whole corporation is that it’s not publically traded; the Cathy family owns the entire thing.

  7. Herb says:

    @James Joyner:

    “At any rate, I think that demonstrating solidarity with a cause by eating a sandwich, wearing a lapel pin, or putting a sticker on your car is fine; but don’t think that you’re really doing anything. “

    Amen.

    As much as activists annoy me, here’s hoping that most of them continue to be useless solidarity demonstrating consciousness raisers. The last thing we need is a bunch of competent activists, all with a pet cause and the relevance to make something of it.

  8. JKB says:

    @James Joyner:

    Or occupy a park for months on end with drum circles and zombie mics.

    @Herb:

    The last thing we need is a bunch of competent activists, all with a pet cause and the relevance to make something of it.

    You mean like the Tea Party which had a march then supposedly died? Only to show up at the ballot box electing candidates, unexpectedly.

    The “silent roar” was just a bunch of people willing to take time out of their busy day to stand in line in the hot sun to buy a chicken sandwich. No free concert or mommy and daddy going in debt for their “education. Just folks, but the kind of folks who are likely to trudge on down to the polls in November.

  9. al-Ameda says:

    @JKB:

    The “silent roar” was just a bunch of people willing to take time out of their busy day to stand in line in the hot sun to buy a chicken sandwich. No free concert or mommy and daddy going in debt for their “education. Just folks, but the kind of folks who are likely to trudge on down to the polls in November.

    That “silent roar” is the onset of increased cholesterol, higher blood pressure, and greater obesity. The kind of folks who who will need oxygen packs and disabled parking passes in order to get to the polls in November (or, being short of breath, they could fill out an absentee ballot and have someone take it to the mailbox for them).

  10. Herb says:

    @JKB:

    “You mean like the Tea Party which had a march then supposedly died?”

    Yes, I include the Tea Party, Occupy, PETA, Westboro, and pretty much any and every activist in my condemnation.

    Seriously….”take time out of their busy day to stand in line in the hot sun to buy a chicken sandwich.” And this impresses you how exactly?

    Being born in the 70s, I’ve grown up in an era of useless activists enamored by their own activism. They seem to be constantly surprised their clever signs go unheeded. They never seem to understand why camping in a park or eating a chicken sandwich brings them no closer to bank reform or preserving traditional marriage. “But my heart’s in the right place,” they’ll cry.

    Yes, I’m sure it is. But there’s more to it than that.

  11. mantis says:

    @James Joyner:

    “At any rate, I think that demonstrating solidarity with a cause by eating a sandwich, wearing a lapel pin, or putting a sticker on your car is fine; but don’t think that you’re really doing anything. “

    The Chick-Fil-A protesters were doing something. They were making a contribution to anti-gay, anti-equality political organizations supported by the profits from the restaurants.

  12. mantis says:

    @JKB:

    Vote in November with a Chick-fil-A sandwich in one hand and a 32 oz soft drink in the other.

    If you can make it to the poll without collapsing in a head from a massive coronary.

  13. mantis says:

    Oops. “Head” should be “heap.”

  14. Davebo says:

    @Stormy Dragon:

    Part of the reason people are willing to hold Cathy’s words against the whole corporation is that it’s not publically traded; the Cathy family owns the entire thing.

    That will come as a surprise the the franchise owners.

  15. JKB says:

    @Herb:

    I didn’t see any signs except for those who tried a pathetic counter protest. There was some criminal activity in the form of graffiti in honor of the pathetic “kiss-in” or whatever it was called.

    The greatest trick that Hollywood, the lying liberal media and the Democrat Party was able to conjure was the illusion of their power and our isolation. As tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of Americans are realizing in a simple act of conscious commerce today and this evening, we are legion.